Mental Health/Emotional Wellbeing

Useful, safe, self-help support for Mental Health/Emotional well-being issues

Mental Health/Emotional Well-being

The following are a useful set of safe, self-help resources, to support young people’s mental health/emotional well-being.   All students will shortly be provided with a card with this information on, but it would be useful if you could remind them to use the resources please and perhaps support them to do so, if they need additional support. – online support for young people
We would like to remind you of the availability of this online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of our students.

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people.   Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor.   Counsellors are available from 12 noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis.   Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed.   Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

You can also view a short video about the service at:

Stress Awareness – see document below.
Big White Wall (for over 16’s) – support for/from community members with guidance by trained staff 24/7
Zumos – online support. All students have been given a login. See Mrs Atkinson if you have lost yours
Head Space – an app providing guided meditation and mindfulness
Calm – an app to help reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and relief of stress
Calm Harm – an app to help reduce the need to self-harm
SAM – an app for self-help around anxiety management
ChildLine – ring 0800 1111 (free call) talk to a counsellor
Samaritans – ring (free call) 116 123 talking support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
OR – speak to any member of staff who will contact a member of the student welfare team
OR – ask for help by emailing child protection staff at
A useful guide to support your child during exam time
Understanding anger –

Dr Pooky Knightsmith directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools. She is also the vice-chair and education lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

Self harm advice:

Self Injury Support
LifeSIGNS – Self Injury Guidance & Support
Royal College of Psychiatrists – Young people self-harm information for parents, carers & professionals.
YoungMinds – YoungMinds UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.
Parentzone – Providing expert information and training to both families, schools and family professionals.
Essex Local Offer – The Essex Local Offer website gives information about support services and local opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.
Essex Local Offer – M.A.S.H. Mums against Self-Harm
NSPCC – Self-harm
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust – Support and advice for young people suffering depression.
harmLESS designed by Oxford NHS Foundation Trust is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming.

Eating Issues
Mind – Types of Mental Health Problems
NHS – Talking to Teens
B-Eat – Spotting Signs Eating Disorder – UK’s eating disorder charity offering advice and support both for sufferers, families, friends and professionals.
NHS – Change4Life – Healthy Eating
NHS LiveWell – Eating Disorders – Advice for Parents
YoungMinds – Believe in yourself – YoungMinds UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

Parenting alone – befriending service
Parenting alone can be full of pressures and challenges. If you’re feeling lonely, lacking in confidence, not getting out enough, swamped by responsibilities or desperate for ‘adult conversation’ our Volunteer Befrienders can help.

Our Befrienders are non judgemental, good listeners, empathetic and willing to help and support you by offering encouragement to access your local community, attending activities / groups with you where safe and allowed, and telephoning or meeting up for a socially distanced chat.

Take the step to reducing your loneliness by getting in touch with Essex Befriends. You can self-refer for a Befriender by emailing


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